Sunday 30 June 1918 We Lost 507
Captain Eldon Abraham Burn (Royal Air Force) is attacked by two Fokker biplanes, one of which he drives down out of control. He is then forced to land in ‘No Man’s Land’ when his engine cuts out. He and his observer, Second Lieutenant C O Shelswell, eventually reach our lines after two hours in ‘No Man’s Land’.
A corporal of the Royal Air Force who has been lowered by a rope into a crater caused by a bomb which had been dropped by an enemy aeroplane is overcome by carbon monoxide gas which had accumulated in the crater. Efforts are made to haul him out but his head becomes caught and Private Arthur Johnson (Royal Army Service Corps) volunteers to descend and re-adjust the rope which he does successfully and the corporal is rescued but Private Johnson is overcome by the gas. Driver Alfred Edward Montague Horn (Royal Army Service Corps) at once puts on his respirator and lowers himself to assist Private Johnson but is likewise overcome. Sergeant Victor Brooks (Canadian Cavalry Field Ambulance) now volunteers to attempt to help both men but is also overcome by the gas, but he is fortunately hauled out. Lieutenant Colonel (Temporary Brigadier General) Alfred Burt DSO refuses to permit anyone else to descend bu does so himself and drags one of the unconscious men some ways towards the rope he however also becomes unconscious and has to be pulled out himself. All four men will be awarded the Albert Medal, Private Johnson and Driver Horn posthumously.
Today’s losses include:
- Multiple Albert Medal winners
- Multiple sons of members of the clergy
- Multiple Military Chaplains
- Multiple families that will lose two sons in the Great War
- The grandson of an Admiral
Today’s highlighted casualties include:
- Major Reginald Liddon Alderson (Royal Air Force) is dies of influenza at home at age 38. He is the son of the Reverend Canon F C Alderson of Peterborough Cathedral.
- Second Lieutenant George Augustus L’Estrange Kerr (Bedfordshire Regiment) is killed at age 19. He is the son of the Reverend George William Kerr Vicar of St Mark’s Tollington Park.
- Chaplain Alfred Heath (attached Duke of Wellington’s Regiment) is killed at age 39.
- Chaplain George Conde dies of influenza on active service at home at age 45. Second
- Lieutenant Wright Thomas Squire (Royal Garrison Artillery) is killed in action. He is the grandson of the late Rear Admiral J W East.
- Private Thomas Smith (Gloucestershire Regiment) dies of wounds received in action. His brother will be killed in less than six weeks.
- Private Archibald Holsgrove (Gloucestershire Regiment) is killed at age 19. His brother died of wounds last year.